Here’s the catch, OBT usually takes just a few minutes! “Big” refers to getting outside of our comfort zone, not to taking a long time or investing a lot of resources.
Here’s how I started. To stay focused on the projects and tasks we deemed important, my colleague Todd and I send an email to each other at the end of the day. The email states how well we did in terms of planning our day and sticking to our plan; then finishes with whether we did OBT that day.
Knowing that I am sending the email to Todd, I sometimes punt at 5:45 p.m. and do something really quick. Other times OBT inspires my whole day–like when I first launched this newsletter. Most of the time my OBT takes about 5 minutes–it’s more about just doing it, than a long grind.
Here are a few more of my examples to show how quickly OBT can be accomplished:
- Call a prospect
- Finish a project and get it out the door, though I am nervous about someone’s reaction to it
- Reach out to someone famous, like an author or speaker (Hint: they respond about 80% of the time-kudos to them!)
- Spend an extra 5 minutes exercising
- Make time for meditation though my to-do list is very long
How are you going to create your own small victory today? And tomorrow? Start by putting OBT on your to-do list.
What are your big things that lead to small victories? Please help us all learn by commenting below!